London: William Heinemann, 1948. [Adventure novel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.297. Publisher's blue cloth with silver titles to spine, buff endpapers, red top stain, dust-jacket priced at 9s.6d. Some overall wear and soiling, jacket with a few chips/rubs, red spine colour remains strong. A used, yet very good copy of a book which shows wear all too readily. Green's classic tale of diamond smuggling and blackmail in a British Colony in West Africa, The Heart of the Matter was enormously popular upon release, selling more than 300,000 copies in the UK alone. The novel won the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was ranked 40th on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, in 1998. In 2005, the book featured in Time Magazine's 'One Hundred Best English-language Novels, 1923 to Present'. As recently as 2012, Greene's ever-popular novel was shortlisted for the 'Best of the James Tait Black' awards, which are given in three categories: Fiction, Biography and Drama, since 1919. Item #50904
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